Sunday, January 20, 2013
Garcia, Golovkin get wins at MSG
By Michael Woods
Mikey Garcia had his way with Orlando Salido, Gennady Golovkin bloodied up and stopped Gabe Rosado, and Rocky Martinez and Juan Carlos Burgos fought to a draw at the Madison Square Garden Theater on Saturday night.
Top Rank put on the show with HBO, and Garcia emerged as the fighter of the night. He knocked down the veteran Salido four times through four rounds. Salido perked up in Rounds 7 and 8, but an accidental headbutt broke Garcia's nose and caused the fight to end early.
The ring doctors decided that Garcia's nose was broken, and deemed it too dangerous to continue. He picked up Salido's WBO feather crown.
The Kazahk Golovkin wasn't perhaps at his best, as he was battling the flu this week, but he still carved up Rosado. The Philly fighter's corner threw in the towel in Round 7 as blood dripped from the boxer's left eye.
Martinez held onto the WBO super feather crown, or so the judges said. The crowd seemed to prefer the body work of Juan Carlos Burgos, but the judges saw it for Burgos 117-111, for Martinez 116—112, and 114-114 a draw. The stats favored Burgos -- he landed 286 to 193 for Martinez.